Apple releases OS X 10.11 Public Beta 2 to testers

Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 11.44.51 AMFollowing this week’s fourth developer preview of OS X 10.11, Apple has released the second El Capitan public beta to testers. The OS X public beta allows Mac users to test the new features included in the operating system update and submit feedback ahead of its public release later this fall. Participation in Apple’s public beta program does not require a paid developer member account. OS X 10.11 public beta 2 includes the same changes as yesterday’s OS X 10.11 beta 4 release.

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OS X 10.11 El Capitan was first unveiled in June and introduces several feature and performance enhancements to the Mac.

For instance, the Mac’s full screen feature adds support for running two full screen apps side-by-side while Spaces and Mission Control have been refined. Spotlight search includes additional sources for finding data and supports natural languages inquiries. System apps including Mail and Safari receive feature improvements like better full screen multitasking and the ability to pin tabs when browsing. The Notes app gets completely overhauled with new rich media features and more.

Mac users can learn more about Apple’s Beta Software Program including the various public betas of OS X and iOS here.

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  1. GadgetBen - 8 years ago

    1.94 GB !

  2. checker92 - 8 years ago

    Reblogged this on checker92 and commented:
    And there is the other

  3. Enzo (@EnzoAmata) - 8 years ago

    “Available Updates have Changed” – “Show Details” – I’ve downloaded it three times and when I press restart this is what it keeps asking!

  4. mikhailt - 8 years ago

    Interesting that they’re speeding up the public betas as well. Not only are they opening it up with anyone who wants to join but they’re now appearing to seed it every two week. This is great news.

    Hopefully, they’ve scaled up their engineering resources as well on iOS, OS X, and watchOS.

  5. Shantanu Bhave - 8 years ago

    iOS Public Beta 2 is out as well

  6. MattR - 8 years ago

    I had to downgrade from El Capital Public Beta 1…too buggy and my Airdrop wouldn’t work. However, I can’t wait until it’s more stable, it was awesome!

  7. Heimen (@dutchthor) - 8 years ago

    After the above issues and a restart the I was asked to login using my Apple ID, that’s running for 30 min’s now…

    • mikhailt - 8 years ago

      Skip the iCloud login, that’s a known bug. You’re not supposed to log in and iCloud will remain logged in after you skip it.

  8. MattR - 8 years ago

    How are people liking it so far?! I’m hoping it’s much much cleaner now!

    • Dean Stratman - 8 years ago

      This update squashed all of the bugs that I discovered in the previous build, including the irritating overlap of text in the Notes sidebar, as well as the odd positioning of the Spotlight search bar.

      • MattR - 8 years ago

        Have you tried AirDrop at all? It wasn’t working for me on PB1. Also, I just noticed it was a bit more laggy…

  9. Kaloyan (@kalo_angel) - 8 years ago

    In fullscreen Safari, when your cursor touches the left edge of the screen the reading list side bar shows up and it’s THE most annoying thing ever, it practically interferes with every website I go to..

  10. Ivan Serditykh - 8 years ago

    I can’t download updating. About 108 Mb are downloaded and stops, reset doesn’t help ((

  11. Szymon Wasik - 8 years ago

    I am running Public Beta 1 and I still do not see the possibility to update to Beta 2 the App Store. I have tried to restart the App Store and computer and even reinstall Beta 1, but it does not help. Do you have any idea how to solve it?


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